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NOC lifts Tobi Amusan’s spirit



The Board of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has reached out to  Tobi Amusan, giving her some comforting words.

This is in the light of her race at Budapest 2023 which she lost her title as the World 100m hurdles champion. She placed sixth after returning at 12.62 secs.


“Although you may have faced disappointment in failing to defend your 100-metres hurdle, we want you to know that all is not lost”, the NOC remarked in a statement.

In the message contained in a press release issued by  NOC public relations officer, Tony Nezianya, the committee wrote:



“We are consoled that your 12.12 seconds world record set at Oregon, U.S., is intact. We know you have been under considerable pressure lately. Do not lose your focus as the 2024 Paris Games are still a year ahead of you.”


The statement by  Nezianya on behalf of Habu Gumel, President of the NOC noted that the outcome is not the end of the world, nor does it define your talents or abilities.



“Competing at such a high level comes with its fair share of ups and downs, victories and setbacks. It is through these challenging moments that we grow and discover our true resilience.


“Tobi, you have shown incredible strength throughout your career, and this setback will only serve as another stepping stone on your path to success.


“Remember, the most successful athletes have faced defeats but have managed to bounce back even stronger. It is during these difficult times that you develop the mental fortitude and discipline necessary to overcome obstacles.



“Take this experience as an opportunity to learn, refocus, and refine your strategies for future races.


“You are an inspiration to countless individuals who look up to your incredible athletic journey. Your unwavering commitment to your sport and your ability to rise above adversity is truly remarkable. We do not doubt that you will bounce back, stronger than ever before.



“Take some time to reflect, recharge, and surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, and coaches. “They will be there to encourage and uplift you throughout this process. Remember, you are not alone in this pursuit of greatness.


“We believe in your exceptional talent and boundless potential. You have proven time and time again that you have what it takes to succeed.

“Embrace this setback as an opportunity for growth and use it to fuel your fire. Your comeback will be nothing short of extraordinary.

“Stay strong, Tobi. Your best has yet to come.”


Amusan was under a provisional suspension over whereabouts;  the ban was lifted just two days ahead of the start of the Budapest World Championships.  This must have had some considerable negative impact on her performance.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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